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PNS Daily Newscast - July 18, 2018 


Trump now says he misspoke as he stood side by side with Putin. Also on the Wednesday rundown: a Senate committee looks to weaken the Endangered Species Act; and public input is being sought on Great Lakes restoration.

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Public News Service - NE: Rural/Farming

More than 1,000 farmers have participated in a program designed to connect struggling families with healthy foods. The Double Up Food Bucks program, launched in Detroit in 2009, is now in its second year in Nebraska. (Allen Sheffield/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraskans struggling to make ends meet are getting a boost from local farmers, and it's a two-way street. Farmers also are benefitting from the Double Up Food Bucks program. Morgan Hartline, the assistant extension educator with SNAP-Ed at the University of Nebraska, explain

Immigrant business owners generated more than $65 million in business income in Nebraska in 2015.(Rhea Landholm)

LINCOLN, Neb. – Small businesses are a key element of Nebraska's economy, supporting the jobs of nearly half of the workers in the state. Many resources are available to help wannabe small-business owners make their vision a reality. Among them is the Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterpri

Nebraska lawmakers have competing bills in front of them as they work to bring property-tax relief to land and homeowners. (Dawn in Nebraska/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. – As they work to determine the best way to bring property-tax relief to Nebraskans, state lawmakers are debating a bill this week backed by Gov. Pete Ricketts. Legislative Bill 947 would create a refundable tax credit for agricultural and homeowner property taxes that would gr

There are about 133,000 military veterans in Nebraska. (William Garrett/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska's rural lands offer abundant opportunities for farming and ranching, and also are home to nearly half of the state's 133,000 military veterans. This combination makes agriculture a great fit for young men and women returning home from service. Veterans interested in

The Santee Sioux tribe in Nebraska is creating community gardens and other access points for local foods. (CFRA)

LINCOLN, Neb. – Imagine having to travel 100 miles in order to get fresh, affordable food to your family's dinner table. That's life for a majority of Nebraska's Santee Sioux, as the nearest full service grocery store is an hour away. A report from the Center for Rural Affairs examines this

In Nebraska, 500 million bushels of grain a year are needed for ethanol production. (United Soybean Board/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. – Some Nebraska farmers are voicing concerns about a White House nominee's position on renewable energy. A vote is expected Wednesday on President Donald Trump's pick to head the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Kathleen Hartnett White is a former conservative thin

Agricultural landowners in Nebraska saw annual property tax hikes of nearly 11 percent between 2005 and 2014. (Hernan Vargas/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. – With the state unicameral legislature out of session until 2018, policy advocates are using the downtime to drum up conversations about imbalances in the state's tax system, particularly agricultural property taxes. Jordan Rasmussen, a policy associate with the Center for Rur

More than 450 Nebraska schools source fresh food from local growers and producers through Farm to School programs. (Lance Cheung/USDA)

LINCOLN, Neb. – New legislation would boost a program that connects more than 188,000 Nebraska students to local farmers. The Farm to School Act of 2017, introduced by Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska and Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio, would expand the existing U.S. Depart

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